About RIMU

Auckland Council Research and Evaluation Unit, RIMU

Manager: Eva McLaren

The Research and Evaluation Unit, RIMU, part of Auckland Council's Auckland Plan, Strategy and Research department in the Chief Planning Office, is council’s environmental, social, economic and cultural research centre. We provide the high-quality evidence that assists policy development, implementation and evaluation. We offer a range of research services to all council departments and council-controlled organisations and promote council research results and publications to the wider community.

Our main activities

RIMU manages council's evidence gathering functions, including research, monitoring, evaluation and reporting to ensure that council’s decision-making is based on robust evidence in the context of growth and change.

RIMU’s work supports and informs the council’s core function, which includes planning for growth and meeting legislative requirements under the Resource Management Act 1991 and the Local Government Acts in relation to social, economic, land use and environmental issues. RIMU is a multi-disciplinary unit with skilled professionals who deliver these requirements. By linking research, policy and implementation, RIMU is uniquely placed to foster innovative and collaborative approaches to the complex issues Auckland faces now and in the future.

RIMU provides an important role in New Zealand’s national environmental monitoring programme by monitoring and reporting on the state and trends of Auckland’s environment.

A core responsibility of the council is to manage and develop Auckland in a context of sustained growth, so it is important that decision-makers have a clear understanding of the implications of this growth and development in the region. RIMU also provides in-house support for evaluation and quality assurance. The teams respond to the needs of council decision-makers interpreting primary and secondary evidence and data as required as well as publishing research results for public use. 

We maintain Auckland Council’s evidence base by:

We write, distribute and promote reports, articles, technical publications and research papers. We help identify research and monitoring priorities and assist with experimental design and robust data collection.

RIMU supports robust practices and provides the justification and transparency in the council’s decision-making that ultimately shapes Auckland and the environment in which we live.

For a list of current staff and more information read RIMU's Capability statement.

This website

Knowledge Auckland is a place to find and share research, information and data about Auckland including Auckland Council research publications.

This website also hosts publications and research resources from a variety of other sources (government reports, other local authority publications, research organisation reports, university research publications, community organisation reports, etc.) and aims to provide decision-makers, researchers, and communities with good access to the information and analysis needed to plan for Auckland’s future.

1. Keyword searching is the best approach, particularly if you know words from the title. Use inverted commas for an exact match. For example: “voters”, “watercourse assessment”, “walkability”, “Auckland housing”, “kauri”

For title and subject searches, the more keywords or phrases the better. For example, “changes in indigenous ecosystems”, “Auckland Plan 2050”

2. Search using a publication’s number (if known), TR2018/012, TR2017/011, TP19, TP58, TP197 etc

Again, use inverted commas for an exact match: “TR2017/011”

To display all council technical reports for a particular year use this search: “TR2018/” , “TR2017/”, etc

3. Search using an author’s name: “Craig Fredrickson” “J A Allpress” “Nancy”

Again, use inverted commas for an exact match. Or if you only know the family name, search for that.

4. Search using geographic names, including names of local boards

Again, use inverted commas for an exact match. “Albert-Eden”, “Ponsonby”, “Manukau”, “Waikato” etc

5. When the results of your search are displayed on Knowledge Auckland, use filters – topics, local board, years etc ­– to further refine your search.

(The filter tabs only show after you’ve made a search: Air quality, Auckland Council technical report, Auckland economic update, local boards, etc)

6. For a subject or topic approach, click on the images on the home page: People, Natural Environment, Economy etc


Note that Knowledge Auckland is a developing website and we welcome comment or questions, and advice on new content. 

Please send your comments and suggestions for new items to rimu@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz


Much of the material provided on this website is either owned or licensed by Auckland Council and is subject to copyright law.

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Image acknowledgements

Thanks to Ann Jones and Alan Golder

Grasses, Alan Golder

Lake Helensville golf course, Alan Golder

Muriwai gannets, Ann Jones

St Matthew-in-the City church door, Auckland, Ann Jones

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Auckland Council Research and Evaluation Unit, RIMU

Te Wharau o Tāmaki, Auckland House

Level 22, 135 Albert Street

Auckland 1010


Call Centre 09 301 0101

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